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The rise of innovative catering

19 Jul 2013

The rise of innovative catering

Innovative catering options by Leeds-based specialist caterers, Dine

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Serving food at weddings is no longer a question of keeping your guests fed and watered. Your menu choice will not only say a lot about you and your partner, but can be a source of entertainment and interaction for your guests at the table.

Leading UK weddings, events and hospitality specialists, Dine, understands that innovative catering adds personality and atmosphere to weddings. Over the last year, clients have begun to request more unusual dishes and serving methods to wow their guests and reflect their own tastes in food and culture.

Daniel Gill, Managing Director explains: ‘Innovation in catering is absolutely huge for Dine. We pride ourselves on our ability to communicate with the couples we work with to find out what they want to create for their special day and how their catering can play an integral part in this.

‘We ask couples about their favourite foods, their preferred flavours and ingredients and of course, the themes or undertones they want to reflect at their wedding.

‘Recently a couple we worked with were passionate about Italy, having travelled extensively round the peninsula. We created a bespoke menu to reflect this passion but interpreted it with locally sourced ingredients; the starter was a sharing antipasti of Italian-style meats, cheeses, breads and oils. Sharing courses have become a massive trend in recent years as not only is it a fun, cultured way to eat, it also helps guests to interact and get to know one another.

‘The overall aim of a wedding is to have fun and make memories. Food and drink can play a key role in this – from the cocktails you serve at the beginning of your reception to your choice of dessert after the meal. We like to have fun with you, often choosing a family’s favourite dish and recreating it as a quirky canapé or a glamorous pudding. We recently created a pudding buffet made of adaptations around the bride and groom’s favourite sweets with matching ice-cream. We served jars of Maltesers with Malteser ice cream and Jelly Babies with Jelly Baby ice cream – it was a personal and quirky choice that all the guests loved.

‘Sharing dishes aren’t just for starters and main courses either. At a recent event we hosted to celebrate our 15th birthday, we created the Dine Eton Mess to give our dessert the wow factor. Our skilled chefs delivered the ingredients to the table and constructed the layered dessert in front of the guests on a large circular mirrored plate.

‘We began with raspberry coulis and white chocolate mousse before building up layers of mixed fruit, Pimms soaked strawberries, marshmallows and crushed meringues, white and milk chocolate buttons, freeze dried sour cherries, basic leaves, strawberry sherbet and popping candy. Finally, for added theatre, our chefs dropped a white chocolate egg onto the table which released small balls of vanilla ice cream onto the table surrounded by dry ice. Guests couldn’t believe the complexity and artistic nature of the dessert and it was a really memorable course that got our guests talking!’

So when it comes to choosing the food and drink for your wedding, don’t be afraid to be creative. Make sure you consult with your caterers and tell them everything they need to know so that you can work together to create a menu that best reflects you and your partner to make your dream day even more memorable.

For more information see www.dine-services.com

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